Louisiana Governor Signs Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis, Reduce Cannabis Penalties

cannaLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law two measures to legalize the medical use of cannabis, and to significantly reduce the penalties for cannabis possession.

House Bill 149 reduces the penalty for someone caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis to a maximum sentence of 15 days in jail, whereas it’s currently a maximum sentence of 6 months. The penalty for a second cannabis possession offense will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 6 months, compared to a maximum sentence of 5 year prison as it is currently. The penalty for a third cannabis possession offense would be reduced to a maximum sentence of 2 years, with the fourth offense being a maximum jail sentence of 8 years; under current law, a person’s third and subsequent offenses can result in 20 years in prison.

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Bill to Reduce Cannabis Penalties, Allow Expungements, Passes Louisiana Legislature, Heads to Governor

brightbudsLouisiana’s House of Representatives has passed House Bill 149, a proposal to drastically reduce the penalties for cannabis possession while allowing for the expungement of certain cannabis convictions, with a 74 to 19 vote. The vote comes just days after the Senate passed the measure 54 to 37. It now heads to Governor Bobby Jindal, who plans to sign it into law.

House Bill 149, sponsored by Representative Austin Badon, will reduce the penalty for possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis from a potential six month jail sentence, to a maximum jail sentence of 15 days. The penalty for a second cannabis possession offense – any amount not deemed for distribution – would be reduced to a misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of six months; it’s currently a felony with a potential five year prison sentence.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Passed by Louisiana House of Representatives

LouisianaStateSealRGBLargeSenate Bill 143, which would legalize the medical use of cannabis for those with certain medical conditions, has been passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives with a 70 to 29 vote. The bill has already passed the Senate 22 to 13, but will head back for one final vote as it was amended slightly in the House.

The proposal would allow those with glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis. Unfortunately they wouldn’t be allowed to actual smoke the medicine, but would be allowed to consume it through other methods, including vaporizers and edibles.

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Louisiana Senate Gives Approval to Bill Decreasing Cannabis Penalties, Allowing Cannabis Expungements

cannabisandcancerLouisiana’s Senate has passed House Bill 149, a proposal to significantly reduce the penalties for cannabis possession, while allowing certain cannabis possession charges to be expunged from people’s criminal records.

House Bill 149, which is a slightly altered version of Senate Bill 241 which the Senate passed in May, has already passed the full House of Representatives with a 54 to 37 vote. Sponsored by Representative Austin Badon, the bill would reduce the penalty for possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis from a potential six month jail sentence and a $2,500 fine, to a maximum jail sentence of 15 days, and a maximum fine of $300.

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Louisiana Governor Says He’ll Sign Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis, Reduce Cannabis Penalties, if They Reach His Desk

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Thursday that he’ll sign legislation to legalize medical cannabis, and to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession, if the bills reach his desk as expected.

Senate Bill 143, which passed the House Committee on Health and Welfare yesterday and has already passed the full Senate, would legalize the possession and state-licensed distribution of cannabis medicines with those with certain debilitating conditions. The proposal wouldn’t allow cannabis to be smoked, but would allow for it to be vaporized and consumed through oils, edibles, tinctures and topicals.

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

louisThe Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare has given approval to Senate Bill 143, a proposal to legalize the possession, use and state-sanctioned distribution of medical cannabis.

The bill, which has already passed the state’s full Senate with a 22 to 13 vote, would allow those with glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis medicines. Unfortunately those with other conditions would not be able to use medical cannabis, and the measure would prohibit patients from actually smoking the medicine, though it would allow them to consume the plant through other methods such as vaporizers, oils, tinctures, edibles and topicals.

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Louisiana Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession, Allow Expungement of Cannabis Offenses

louisianaLouisiana’s’ full Senate has voted 27 to 12 to pass Senate Bill 241, a proposal to reduce the penalties for possessing cannabis, while allowing those with just one cannabis possession charge to have it removed from their records.

The proposal, sponsored by Senator J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans), would reduce the maximum penalty for someone caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis to a 15 day jail sentence and a $300 fine, whereas it’s currently a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Reduce Cannabis Penalties, Allow Expungement of Cannabis Convictions

prettybudsIn a unanimous vote, Louisiana’s Senate Judiciary Committee has given approval to legislation that would drastically reduce the penalties associated with an individuals second and third cannabis possession offense, while allowing those with just one offense to have the charge expunged from their record.

The proposal, sponsored by Senator J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans), would save the state up to $16 million a year by reducing the penalty for a second cannabis possession offense to a misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of 6 months; under current law an individuals second offense is a felony with a potential 5 year prison sentence. The measure would reduce the penalty for a third cannabis possession offense to a felony with a maximum sentence of 4 years, rather than a maximum of 20 as it currently stands.

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Louisiana Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Louisiana’s large_15749_madmanogbud_1333590824Senate, with a 22 to 13 vote, has given approval to a proposal that would legalize medical cannabis, including state-licensed dispensaries.

If passed into law Senate Bill 143 would allow those with glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis. Unfortunately, the measure would prohibit patients from actually smoking the medicine, though it would allow them to consume the plant through other methods such as vaporizers, oils, tinctures, edibles and topicals.

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Unanimously Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

A cannabisproposal to legalize medical cannabis, including state-authorized dispensaries, has been given unanimous approval by Louisiana’s Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

The measure – Senate Bill 143 – would allow those with a limited number of medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis in any form except inhalation, meaning that patients would need to rely on other forms of use, such as through oils, vaporizers, edibles and topicals. The qualifying medical conditions – which would have been any “medically recognized disease or condition” – was amended in committee to be glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia.

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